Winnie is chief/queen of crazy ideas. It is never a surprise to get a phone call at 8:00 at night to tell me that we are headed to the casino, get ready. Or, hey, let's go get a puppy...llama....peacock...etc. Or, a fishing trip at night due to a bet with her husband that we can catch more fish than him because our bobbers light up so the fish can see them--that adventure wound up with Winnie IN the pond while Jamie and I laughed histerically. So when Winn called me and said that there was a town-wide garage sale where people ride around in buggies buying things ridiculously cheap and that we had to go to, I was not surprised. I googled and found out that it existed and even though I was skeptical, I thought it would be a great reason to get away. That next Friday afternoon, we headed for Abita Springs, Louisiana. This also happened to be the last Friday of the largest lottery in LA history. We immediately bought tickets knowing that we were both going to win. We travelled to Covington, LA where we had a hotel at the Country Inn & Suites which we will definitely return to, then we headed to Manshac for dinner at Middendorfs....deeeelicious. We both got seafood platters even though the waitress advised against it. (I mean, she had no idea how hungry we were at that point.) After the delicious meal we ordered their banana's foster bread pudding to go and scooted back to our hotel to try and catch the lotto numbers on the tv or net. We found the right website that had a countdown to the number drawing and at the exact moment that the numbers were to be revealed, the screen refreshed and then WOULD NOT LOAD. Thankfully we were hysterical and delirious enough to think that it was funny, but we ran to the room to try and catch it on the television. The numbers were no where to be found. I mean, we were just in disbelief. So that night we went to bed knowing that it would be okay in the morning because one of our tickets had just won millions of dollars.
Here we are in our Middendorf's tshirts trying to get a good self-taken picture:
|This was the best final product...we were so tired!|
The next morning we made a breakfast stop at Chik-fil-a and then we were at the garage sale by 5:30 am. It was awesome. It really is a whole town that comes together for a yearly garage sale. People are riding around in their buggies and carrying strollers just so that they can put their purchases in them! We walked around and made several fun purchases like an antique metal watering can for $8.00 and some giant welded bird planters, a wooden chandelier, two old huge ceiling tiles and an 1800s wooden twin headboard/footboard.
|Bird plant stands...this is not the final product, but you can see what they look like!|
|1800s bed that I am getting Jay to make benches out of!|
|Us in the brewery...I had to wear booties b/c I had worn flip flops|
|Sissy enjoying her root beer!|
|Crazy tour guide feeding these alligators.|
|Alligator. This one is about 8 years old.|
|Sissy with a two year old alligator!|
We relunctlantly started our trip back to Meadville, aka reality. We sang in the car the whole time. We giggled and talked about everything in our lives. It was the perfect sister trip...even if we didn't win the lottery.